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11:45 AM ET, November 21, 2015

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Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
DNC Ad Attacking Republicans for Saying ‘Radical Islam’ Is Laughably Stupid  —  A new ad from the Democratic National Committee attacks Republican presidential candidates for using the term “radical Islam.”  Entitled “Inciting fear isn't presidential,” the ad argues that the use of the term is offensive to Muslims.
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New York Times:
Donald Trump Sets Off a Furor With Call to Register Muslims in the U.S.  —  Under assault from Democrats and Republicans alike, Donald J. Trump on Friday drew back from his call for a mandatory registry of Muslims in the United States, trying to quell one of the ugliest controversies yet in a presidential campaign like few others.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
A threat to freedom of speech at the Supreme Court  —  Never has American freedom of speech been attacked so flagrantly, promiscuously and on so many fronts.  The most egregious examples come from campuses and Congress.  On campuses, censorship proliferates as political advocacy is confined to designated spaces.
Discussion: Hot Air
New York Times:
The Price of Fear  —  After the attacks in Paris, the world is again challenged by fear.  With every bombing, beheading and mass shooting, the dread spreads, along with the urgency of defeating this nihilism.  —  But no less a challenge for the civilized world is the danger of self-inflicted injury.
Teun Voeten / Politico:
Molenbeek broke my heart … Last Saturday in Paris, at the Boulevard Voltaire near the Bataclan club, I found myself staring at a pool of blood.  I wondered what was happening with the world, and refocused my camera on the aftermath of the terror.  When it became clear the attacks were planned in Molenbeek, I was not surprised.
Alexandra Klausner For / Daily Mail:
University of Vermont held a ‘white privilege’ retreat for students who ‘self-identify as white’  — The free program was hosted by the university's African, Latino, Asian, Native American and Bi/Multiracial Student Center (ALNA)  — The retreat was aimed at answering questions …
CNN:
Belgium warns of ‘serious and imminent threat’ to Brussels  —  Paris (CNN)Belgium has placed Brussels at the highest terror alert level, citing a “serious and imminent threat that requires taking specific security measures as well as specific recommendations for the population.”
KWTX-TV:
Video Shows Bystander Shooting At Thief At Local Walmart Store … Headlines List  —  A bystander took a shot at a fleeing purse thief Friday afternoon in the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter in Bellmead in an incident that a witness recorded on a cellphone.
Discussion: Raw Story and addictinginfo.org
David Batty / Guardian:
Saudi court sentences poet to death for renouncing Islam  —  Friends of Palestinian Ashraf Fayadh believe he is being punished for posting video showing religious police lashing a man in public  —  A Palestinian poet and leading member of Saudi Arabia's nascent contemporary art scene has been sentenced to death for renouncing Islam.
Discussion: Mashable and Friendly Atheist
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Kamel Daoud / New York Times:   Saudi Arabia, an ISIS That Has Made It
Morgan Chalfant / Washington Free Beacon:
Obama Sees Worst Rating on Handling of Terrorism in His Career  —  In the wake of the Paris terror attacks, President Obama has earned his worst rating on his handling of terrorism in his career.  —  Currently, 54 percent of U.S. adults disapprove of the way in which Obama is handling terrorism threats …
Discussion: Infowars
Laura Saunders / Wall Street Journal:
Americans: Pay Your Taxes—Or Lose Your Passport  —  U.S. government will be able to deny new passports or revoke ones held by people with serious tax debts  —  Congress is poised to enact a law denying or revoking passports for U.S. citizens who haven't paid their taxes.
Jacob Poushter / Pew Research Center:
40% of Millennials OK with limiting speech offensive to minorities  —  American Millennials are far more likely than older generations to say the government should be able to prevent people from saying offensive statements about minority groups, according to a new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems push to end ban on gun violence research  —  Dozens of House Democrats are pushing to end the federal ban on gun violence research.  —  In a Friday letter to Reps. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), the Democrats urged the two senior appropriators to remove the decades-old prohibition …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obamacare death spiral a gift to 2016 GOP candidates  —  Share Tweet Reddit Digg Mail Print SMS More  —  There have been many articles in the last year with some variation of the headline “GOP Surrenders on Obamacare.”  The stories mostly concern a tendency among some Republican policy elites …
Terrence Dopp / Bloomberg Business:
Passenger Taken Off Chris Christie's Flight, Campaign Says  —  Person removed from San Francisco to Boston plane at takeoff  —  Passengers on board tell of delay lasting more than two hours  —  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican presidential candidate, was on a United Airlines plane today …
Discussion: ABC News
Rush Limbaugh:
Drive-Bys Lie and Claim Donald Trump Said Register All Muslims  —  RUSH: I'm thankful I've still got this program and a chance to come here every day and illustrate the dishonest, the reprehensible, the just scummy way these people work.  And each time I see something like this, I focus even more on, “They're not media!”
 
 
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